Prosecutors Blunder in Presidential Convoy Chief Drug Case

first_imgSeveral photo copies of documentary evidence that could have been a legal stumbling block in the US$3.7 million drug case against former presidential convoy chief were yesterday, thrown out by Judge Yussif Kaba of Criminal Court ‘C,’ at the Temple of Justice.The court’s decision was made after lawyers representing Perry Dolo and four other defendants discovered that prosecutors had insereted the documents, claiming to be the voluntary statements of confession made by the defendants, during an investigation with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).In his ruling, Judge Kaba held that under the law, photo copy of pecies of evidence,  particularly alleged statements of confession, are  not admissible in a criminal case.He made it clear that prosecutors failed to produce the original statements, claiming that the statements presented were made by the defendants, during their investigation by the DEA.The rejected statements were some of the evidences prosecutors were relying on to prove their case against the defendants.Legal experts described the rejection of the documents as “a significant setback for prosecutors.”Dolo, together with Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewion and Mohammed Bah, were  indicted for being in possession of 10 bags of marijuana weighing 315kilograms and valued as LD$330,750,000.  They have denied the drug-related charge.The drugs were allegedly found in an escort police vehicle.The charge, which was  defined under the law as an act “eminently dangerous to human life,” carries a long prison term.Also, at Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors’ fourth witnesses, Augustine Doe, chief investigator of the DEA, admitted that the defendants were not represented by a counsel when they were interrogated by his team. He quickly justified that the defendants chose to wave their rights to a legal counsel, as provided for under the law.He made the revelation during his testimony at the court.But, under the law anyone that is taken into custody needs to be acquainted with the following rights: the right to remain silent; that anything they say can and will be used against them in a court of law;  that they have the right to be represented by counsel; and that if they cannot afford an attorney, the state should appoint one for that person.In early November, 2013, a grand jury of Grand Cape Mount indicted Perry Dolo,  who was then commander of Presidential Convoy, and four others with the commission of the crime in the unlawful possession of narcotic drugs  and criminal facilitation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sports bar establishment “cynical” in the midst of industry’s disaster – Ram

first_imgGuySuCo, NICIL/SPU conflictThree months after the Estate Lounge at the defunct La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara sugar estate was described as an “air-conditioned rum shop”, Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram has joined in the criticism of the converted facility LBI, telling Guyana Times that its establishment was “cynical”. He made these comments in light of the fact that the sports bar was rehabilitated at a time when many ex-sugar workers continue to encounter challenges such as reduced earnings and joblessness.“It is so petty, so cynical, how could you do this in the midst of the disaster that has befallen the industry,” Ram said in response to whether or not the sports bar’s establishment was appropriate.The sports bar was established by the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) which manages the divested estates – this being all expect Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The latter three are under the control of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) which in times past, was responsible for the industry when it was nationalised by the then Government in the 1970s.The SPU falls under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) which is under the Finance Ministry. There has been much tension between GuySuCo and NICIL/SPU over the last several months with the two State entities, each making wide-ranging accusations against the other. Ram, weighing in on the issue during an exclusive interview on Tuesday, told <<<>>> that at present there is “chaos, confusion and misdirection, particularly led by NICIL” which the outspoken political commentator feels has only added tensions.“I think the relation between GuySuCo and NICIL is so bad that they are no longer working in the same interest. I am not sure where the SPU it gets hierarchy and policy from and it is really trying to achieve. So far it has achieved zero and there is no real and immediate prospect of an early solution. If there is then the SPU is keeping that as a very well-kept secret,” Ram stressed.The SPU manages the Estates of Wales, Skeldon, Rose Hall and Enmore. The agency was entrusted by Government with a $30 billion bond to be paid out it tranches as the State was eying private investors. However, in recent days reports surfaced that “frustrated” staff and managers at GuySuCo had been gearing up to protest the SPU’s direction regarding its plans for revitalising the industry. Shortly after, GuySuCo’s Communications Director, Audreyanna Thomas issued a response, noting that Corporation’s concerns were being “addressed at the highest levels of the Government, Board of Directors of GuySuCo and the Chief Executive.”“The Corporation would like to assure managers and staff that these matters will be resolved and as such, individual staff members should not be persuaded to resort to any suggested protest action on 20 and 21 December, 2018. Employees of the Corporation will receive regular updates, on the progress of these engagements,” Thomas outlined in a published letter.The dispute began with a battle over the ownership of the converted LBI Estate Lounge/sports bar which led officials at the GuySuCo to lock the gates prior to a launch ceremony opening the bar. SPU’s Lounge/bar was established even though dismissed sugar workers had to wait one year for their severance payment from GuySuCo, which had said that the bar’s overhaul was not in keeping with the Sugar Corporation’s values.<<<>>> had interviewed several sugar workers who expressed that the wanted their severance as opposed to the sports bar which was concurred by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall when he said that the bar was a “well-appointed, air-conditioned rum shop for the elitists to wine and dine.”last_img read more

Cahill late show ends Syria’s fairytale run

first_img0Shares0000Australia’s players celebrate victory as Syrian players look dejected after their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match in Sydney © AFP / SAEED KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 10 – Veteran striker Tim Cahill scored deep into extra time to take Australia a big step closer to next year’s World Cup and end war-torn Syria’s fairytale run in the play-offs on Tuesday.Cahill, 37, cancelled out Omar al-Soma’s opener in the first half before he leapt to head his and Australia’s precious second goal in the 109th minute for a 2-1 win in the second leg. After last week’s 1-1 draw in Malaysia, Australia won 3-2 on aggregate to reach a final play-off against the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF federation, currently Panama.Syria have never reached the World Cup and their hopes suffered a massive blow when Mahmoud al-Mawas was sent off for a second bookable offence in the fourth minute of extra time.As penalties loomed, Robbie Kruse sent over a cross from the byline and Cahill powered his header past the diving Ibrahim Alma for his record-extending 50th Socceroos goal.There was huge drama in the dying seconds, when al-Soma juddered the right post with a vicious free kick. But Australia survived to stay on track for their fourth straight World Cup.“It was a fantastic effort from the players, they kept going till the end,” said Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.“Timmy was Timmy, that’s why he’s the greatest Australian player ever.”Syria, playing their home games in Malaysia because of the civil war in their country, had defied huge odds to finish third in their group behind Iran and South Korea.But their inspiring run came to a shuddering halt against Australia, who were looking to recapture past glories at the same ground where they qualified for the 2006 World Cup, and also lifted the 2015 Asian Cup.“What we have achieved with this national team is a great thing… our players were men on the pitch,” said Syria coach Ayman al-Hakim.– Go-to man –Syria gave the home supporters some early palpitations. They opened the scoring after just six minutes when Mark Milligan gave away possession in midfield.Tamer Haj Mohamad swooped onto the loose pass and fed the deadly al-Soma, who produced a superb finish to beat the approaching Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.Cahill may be in the twilight of his career but he showed that he remains Australia’s go-to man in moments of crisis when he equalised just seven minutes later.The Melbourne City man nodded Mathew Leckie’s perfectly weighted cross into the back of the net for his 49th international goal, almost twice as many as his closest countryman.The Socceroos dominated possession and always looked the more likely to score but were unable to capitalise on their chances, with the Syrian goalkeeper Alma proving a formidable obstacle.Forced to defend for large periods of time, Syria created some dangerous opportunities on the counter-attack. But neither side could break the deadlock within the regulation 90 minutes, sending the match into extra time.Syria quickly lost al-Mawas and Australia finally made their advantage count when Cahill climbed above the tired defenders to head home Kruse’s cross, just 11 minutes from penalties.There was huge drama in the dying seconds, when Soma hit the right post with a vicious free kick. Australia survived to stay on track for their fourth straight World Cup.“It’s amazing,” said Cahill. “More than anything, it’s my passion and in the end you get the rewards.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kenya’s Star Field Sports partner with South Africa’s Gary Kirsten Cricket

first_img0Shares0000South Africa’s Gary Kirsten Cricket to Partner with Star Field SportsNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – Kenya’s sports development company Star Field Sports has formed a strategic partnership with South Africa’s Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) to spearhead the development of cricket in the East African region through a series of high profile sports events.High Performance Coaching Camps, Coach Education Courses and private academies and some of the events that the country is set to benefit on. Gary Kirsten is the iconic South African cricket legend, and India’s World Cup winning coach in 2011.He played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa between 1993 and 2004, mainly as an opening batsman.His vision is to develop an internationally renowned cricket services business to develop the game and help spread his coaching legacy globally. His state-of-the-art facility in Centurion, Gauteng Province provides coaching for cricketers from around the world.Speaking at the conclusion of the negotiations, Director of Star Field Sports, Karan Kaul said.“We believe this partnership will double down on the strengths of each organization – Gary Kirsten Cricket’s expertise, experience and reputation combined with Star Field’s market knowledge, work ethic and drive is a perfect fit to take over the East African market and develop the game of Cricket.”The partnership with Star Field Sports in Kenya will aim to support cricket development, starting in April 2019 with a High-Performance Camp and Coach Education Workshop run by GKC at The Nairobi Gymkhana. The camp is open to both professional cricketers in East Africa and young aspiring cricketers. Kirsten’s foray into East Africa is a first for his organisation.Star Field has in the past, organized highly successful Youth Cricket Tournaments that attract players from East Africa, India and South Africa – the most recent of which was the Hayer One Starfield Youth League in August 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

All set for classy 2019 AFCON draw in Cairo

first_imgHeads of various Federations have already arrived in Cairo with the coaches and Team Managers having come earlier for yesterday’s workshops.This will be the first time ever that the Cup of Nations is held in the middle of the year after being moved from the traditional January/February dates while it will also be the first time involving 24 teams after the expansion from 16.Coaches are looking forward to Friday’s draw with each eager to know who they will land in the first expanded edition of the tournament.-Interesting tournament“We are looking forward to the draw and it will be an interesting tournament because if you win, you have to work hard compared to the other editions. But we are ready for anyone, a draw is a draw. Every team is tough and you can’t select who you want to face,” Ghana’s Kwesi Appiah who led the Black Stars to a top spot finish in qualification ahead of Kenya told Capital Sport.Neighbors Uganda will be led by Sebastien Desabre for the tournament with the tactician being in the tournament for his first time ever.The Frenchman is eagerly awaiting to know who Uganda faces as they seek to perform better than 2017 when they failed to make past the group stages.“For us we are not the favorites but we are here to make our presence felt. We are ready for anyone and we won’t choose who we will face,” Desabre, a close friend to Kenya’s Sebastien Migne said.-Madagascar debut 0Shares0000The set up for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Giza, where the world famous pyramids are locatedCAIRO, Egypt, Apr 11 – Preparations are almost complete for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations draw set to be conducted in Cairo, Egypt on Friday evening in Giza, in front of the famous Egyptian Pyramids.On Thursday evening, workers at the venue were putting up the final touches on a beautiful venue ahead of the draw to pool the 24 participating teams. Madagascar will be making their first ever appearance at the tournament. Also coached  by a Frenchman, Nicolas Dupuis who has formed close acquaintance with Desabre and Migne, the debutants are looking to perform well in their first appearance.“First we are excited to be here and our aim is to do well. This is our first time and we can’t wait to get started,” the Frenchman stated.Cameroon who are under the tutelage of Dutch legend Clarence Seerdoff will be looking to successfully defend the crown after the tournament was taken away from them due to ill preparedness while Egypt who are the home side are looking to clinch it after losing the final last season.Morocco under the tutelage of Herve Renard are also looking to make their World Cup experience count by battling for the crown they last won in 1976.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Cairo, Egypt- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

England are destined to win World Cup in Russia, says legend Peter Shilton

first_imgEngland legend Peter Shilton believes Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions are destined to end 52 years of hurt by lifting the World Cup in Russia, telling talkSPORT – “It’s our time”. Can captain Kane lead England to victory against Croatia? 3 England supporters go wild in London during the quarter-final win over Sweden 3 3 Captain Harry Kane will lead out England for their semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday night, where the winner will meet France in Sunday’s final.Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of Croatia v England – KICK OFF 7PM BSTIt’s the first time the Three Lions have progressed to a World Cup semis for 28 years.Shilton, who still holds the record for the most England appearances, was in goal when they last make the final-four at Italia 90 – where they famously lost to West Germany in a penalty shoot-out.It was a defeat of such heartbreak that fans have had Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle’s missed spot kicks etched into their memories ever since.But Shilton believes the time has come to banish those demons and go one further than Bobby Robson’s team, and perhaps add another star above the Three Lions badge.Asked if he can see captain Kane lifting the trophy, just as Bobby Moore did in 1966, Shilton said: “I can actually!“I just seems everything is pointed to it, like it’s going to be our time.“Obviously it would be a let-down if not but, looking before the game, we’re capable of beating Croatia. I think France could be a difficult match, but finals can go either way – a decision, a mistake, anything.”The whole of England has been gripped by ‘It’s coming home’ fever this summer and Shilton has been blown away by the level of support around the country.The legendary goalkeeper admits he has also been surprised by boss Southgate and impressed by the team’s spirit in Russia, and believes that will be key when they take on Croatia in the semi-final.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Shilton said: “The support has been unbelievable. It’s really surreal for me.“Being over there in 1990 and getting to the semis, we were told the country was getting excited but I didn’t realise just to what extent, and I’m experiencing it now being home.“It’s fantastic. It’s united the country, everybody is really up for it. “This is a massive game but I think the spirit within the camp will see them through, they seem to feed off each other.“There are no egos, they have this team spirit and team mentality and that’s a great thing to have.“Gareth Southgate has been a calming influence on them, he’s really surprised me.“They’ll be calming each other and just getting out there and trying to do what the manager has told them.” England fans have had a big presence supporting the Three Lions in Russia last_img read more


first_imgOne of Ireland’s oldest married couples have celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss and put their relationship down to “putting up with eachother.”Just two other people joined John and Bridget Hegarty from Glenties when they celebrated their wedding in 1944. Devoted John, 95, and Bridget, 90, had a simple wedding ceremony and were joined by their best man and maid of honour for breakfast before returning to work that morning.But the happy couple were surrounded by up to 80 members of their family and friends when they celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sunday last.The couple have four children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.One of the their grandchildren, Muriel Hegarty, said the happy couple have put the secret of their long-lasting relationship down to patience and understanding. Family friend Maggie Keeney, 96, congratulates John on his wedding anniversary.“Somebody asked granny what was the secret to their lasting marriage and she said she puts up with grand-dad.“And when somebody asked him the same question, he gave the same answer,” laughed Muriel.The couple first met in 1942 when John spotted Bridget (nee Carr form Frosses) across Joe Kennedy’s dancehall and asked her to dance.The couple were married in Edeninfagh Church on February 16th, 1944 by the late Fr Daniel Molloy.John and Bridget celebrate with their great grandchildren and grandaughter Muriel.The bridesmaid was the late Mamie McCahill and the best man was the late Eddie O’Donnell.Unfortunately cameras were not plentiful at the time and the couple have no picture of their wedding day. Not only did the hard-working couple never take a honeymoon, but they haven’t even been out of Ireland.“They never had a honeymoon as people didn’t have honeymoons then. They have been too busy raising a family and working to go on holiday.“They have never been out of Ireland but they don’t feel like they have missed anything,” added Muriel.John still drives everyday and also farms away on his holding in Meenalaragan. “Grandad is very sharp still and he picked out all the readings for the mass which we had in the house to celebrate their 70th anniversary,” added Muriel.While John still works the farm on a daily basis, Bridget passes the time with her great grandchildren and is also a dab hand at embroidery.PATIENCE IS THE KEY SAYS DONEGAL COUPLE WHO CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS! was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:70 years marriedBridget HegartyGlentiesJohn Hegartylast_img read more

Measure may head to voters

first_img “The modernization money is not going to do everything that we would like it to do to modernize those schools. Those schools are really at the center of a lot of community activities in West Boron, Boron and North Edwards,” Summerbell said. “We would like to look with the community on how we can enhance the facilities to make it better for students and provide additional facilities for community activities,” Summerbell said. If the board decides to pursue a bond, Summerbell said the district would seek community input on how the schools could be improved. An example would be adding a gymnasium at Boron Junior/Senior High. “The only gym in the Boron area is the high school gym. Both the junior high and the high school have to use that. One potential thing that maybe the community would support would be a small junior high gym,” Summerbell said. Muroc officials announced in October that the district might have to reduce the scope of work for the West Boron school modernization project because the lowest bid came in several hundred thousand dollars higher than expected. Modernization of the high school campus was canceled because district officials were tardy in sending back plans for the $1.2 million project to the state. The district is challenging the cancellation, and attorneys for the district will meet with officials from the Department of the State Architect to try to get the project reinstated, officials said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The board is expected to make a decision at its December meeting to place the bond measure on either the June or November 2006 ballot. “I wanted (the consulting firm) to talk about the process and what our district might be eligible to support in terms of a tax base for bonds,” Summerbell said. “The board asked me to pursue it further and bring back something more formal at the December meeting.” The district is thinking of trying to pass the bond under Proposition 39, which requires 55 percent of the vote to pass, Summerbell said. The measure would be put before registered voters in Boron and North Edwards. The average assessed valuation in the two communities is$47,000 for single family residences, Summerbell said. Funding from the bond would help pay for school modernization projects in which bids have come in over budget and for facilities that are desired by residents at West Boron Elementary and Boron Junior/Senior High schools. NORTH EDWARDS – Muroc Joint Unified School District trustees are considering placing a bond measure before voters to help pay for improving and building school facilities. The district is thinking of asking voters to pass a $6 million bond that would assess homeowners in Boron and North Edwards less than $24 a year. “It would only be a bond that would affect the Boron and North Edwards communities since there’s no one paying property taxes on Edwards Air Force Base,” Superintendent Mike Summerbell said. The board heard a presentation at its Nov. 9 meeting by Caldwell Flores Winters, a firm that’s helped other school districts in the Antelope Valley pass bonds. last_img read more

Welcome to the bigs — and Yankee Stadium — Sean Murphy

first_imgNEW YORK — Sean Murphy’s parents grew up in the Bronx, not far from Yankee Stadium, where the A’s No. 3 prospect could make his MLB debut Sunday.The Murphy family did not frequent The House that Ruth built; tickets were too expensive. Instead, Murphy’s dad, Mike, would collect and redeem milk cartons for tickets and a free train to Shea Stadium. Thus, the  Murphy family’s Mets fandom was born.Called up in the first wave of September moves, the young catcher will begin what the A’s expect to …last_img read more

A Tale of Two Sites: Moby Dog and The Claw

first_imgDiscoveries portrayed as major evolutionary missing links were announced this week.  One is a putative transitional form from land animal to whale, and one is a Cambrian trilobite-like creature said to be evolving the first claw.Moby dog:  The current evolutionary scenario for the origin of whales is that they evolved from dog-like hoofed animals that took gradually to water at the seashore.  Another fossil in the theoretical sequence has been found in Pakistan.  The news media, like National Geographic and Live Science, are calling this a “big” find, because it is the most complete skeleton of a protoceratid yet discovered.  National Geographic remarked, “It’s an evolutionary discovery Darwin himself would have been proud of.”    The discovery by Philip Gingerich and team was published in PLoS One this week.1  A mostly complete articulated male was found, and a kilometer away, a pregnant female.  The female was most exciting because it indicated the embryo, already with teeth, would have been born head first.  To Gingerich, this indicates that the creature had not yet evolved the tail-first birth pattern in modern whales.  There also appeared to be significant sexual dimorphism.  Gingerich inferred from the legs that it was semi-aquatic, probably hunting in the water with paddling, and returning to the land to sleep.  Another paleontologist said, “These complete limbs are almost exactly intermediate between a seagoing creature and a land animal.”  In many respects, the new creature, dubbed Maiacetus inuus, resembles the already-known protocetid Rodhocetus, but with some differences in the ankle, and minor differences in ratios of some skeletal parts.  A paleontologist at SMU remarked, “It is a missing link of the most informative sort.  Charles Darwin would delight.”    The paper did not say much about the circumstances of burial other than that the female appeared to be floating belly-up, probably due to buildup of gases during decomposition.  The strata are described as marine marl and shale dated to middle Eocene, 47.5 million years old.  Other “Eocene whales” such as Artiocetus clavis (GSP-UM 3458), Rodhocetus balochistanensis (GSP-UM 3485), Protosiren eothene (GSP-UM 3487), and Makaracetus bidens have been found in the same general area.  The paper says, “The specimens described here were found near the top of the major flooding sequence in the early Lutetian stage of the middle Eocene, calibrated to approximately 47.5 Ma.”     Gingerich is convinced these specimens provide information on an important evolutionary transition from land to water for the ancestors of whales.  The “precocial development” of the partially-mineralized teeth in the fetus indicated to him a preparation for life in the water, while the head-first delivery orientation indicated a land-animal life habit.  The sexual dimorphism suggested a limited competition between males.  The slightly shorter legs told him the creature was “a slightly less specialized foot-powered swimmer” than its look-alike Rodhocetus.  The team summarized the importance of the discovery in this paragraph from the paper:Discovery of a near-term fetus positioned for head-first delivery provides important evidence that early protocetid whales gave birth on land.  This is consistent with skeletal morphology enabling Maiacetus to support its weight on land and corroborates previous ideas that protocetids were amphibious.  Specimens this complete are virtual ‘Rosetta stones’ providing insight into functional capabilities and life history of extinct animals that cannot be gained any other way.The Claw:  It looks like a trilobite with appendages coming out of its head.  What is it?  Look at the picture at PhysOrg.  They say it shows the “origin of claws.”  Found in Germany, the four-inch-long critter dubbed Schinderhannes bartelsi is said to be 390 million years old.  This fossil was also described as a missing link – a “missing link in the evolution of the front claw of living scorpions and horseshoe crabs.”  It seems to have a head similar to that of the terror of the Burgess Shale, Anomalocaris, even though that animal was thought to be extinct a hundred million years earlier.  As with many trilobites and arthropods, “The eyes are covered in numerous tiny, close-packed, hexagonal lenses.”    The article describes it further: “The fossil’s head section has large bulbous eyes, a circular mouth opening and a pair of segmented, opposable appendages with spines projecting inward along their length.  The trunk section is made up of 12 segments, each with small appendages, and a long tail spine.  Between the head and trunk, there is a pair of large triangular wing-like limbs – that likely propelled the creature like a swimming penguin, according to [Derek] Briggs” [Yale].  It’s the only known member of its species.  It was found in “a quarry near Bundenbach in Germany, a site that yields spectacularly durable pyrite-preserved fossils.”    How does this fossil help evolution?  Is it really a missing link?  The original paper in Science made no such claim.  They only used the word evolution once, and nothing about transitions or links.  If anything, they said it indicates stasis and decline of good fossilization opportunities:The discovery of Schinderhannes emphasizes the importance of exceptionally preserved deposits (Konservat-Lagerst�tten) in revealing the evolutionary history of arthropods.  It shows that features of the giant Cambrian anomalocaridids survived for about 100 million years after the Middle Cambrian.  The Hunsr�ck Slate also yields examples of Marrellomorpha, a clade well known from the Cambrian and more recently discovered in exceptionally preserved fossil deposits from the Silurian and the Ordovician.  Thus, the rarity of post-Cambrian great-appendage arthropods may be a result in part of the decline of Burgess Shale-type preservation after the Middle Cambrian. 1.  Gingerich et al, “New Protocetid Whale from the Middle Eocene of Pakistan: Birth on Land, Precocial Development, and Sexual Dimorphism,” Public Library of Science One, 4(2): e4366. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004366, published Feb 4, 2009.2.  Kuhl, Briggs and Rust, “A Great-Appendage Arthropod with a Radial Mouth from the Lower Devonian Hunsr�ck Slate, Germany,” Science, 6 February 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5915, pp. 771-773, DOI: 10.1126/science.1166586.Let’s begin with the second creature.  There are already many weird extinct animals known from the Burgess Shale and other parts of the Cambrian.  One more does not indicate an evolutionary ancestry.  This fossil does not help Darwin for several reasons.  We already know that the Burgess fauna were complex and varied, and we have seen that trilobites showed the most diversity in the lowest layers, and less in the higher (see 07/28/2007).  Another problem is that this critter suggests stasis of Burgess characteristics for 100 million years, according to the evolutionary timeline.  A worse problem is that horseshoe crabs, similar in some respects to this creature, show no evolution from the time of their first appearance in the Ordovician.  They survive today as living fossils (01/28/2008) – no evolution for 350 million years!  None of this fits the slow-and-gradual branching tree of diversity Darwin predicted.  So what do we have here with Schinderhannes?  Another complex creature with elegant compound eyes and a symmetrical body, well suited to its environment, that is now extinct.  That’s all one can say before leaving the realm of natural science and talking worldview.    For the whale story, the new fossil adds very little to what was already known.  It is not that different from Rodhocetus (notice how the naming of these extinct animals, like Protocetidae, embeds the “whale” stem cetus into the name, begging several questions right there).  Like the pregnant ichthyosaurs, this amazing fossil of a pregnant female indicates rapid burial under flood conditions.  Why should that fact not be the highlight of the story?  It’s not like such conditions were the norm for these animals.  A flood over a vast region, rapid burial, extreme preservation – sounds almost Biblical.  Does it mean evolution?  Why are finds qualifying for the coveted term “missing link” so rare?  There should be thousands upon thousands of finely graded forms throughout the record, not one here and one over there.  The Darwin Tree paradigm has already been falsified, so it’s a waste of time to look for missing links anyway.  The Cambrian explosion falsified it before The Origin was even published, and more Darwinists have been speaking out that the tree was a myth all along (01/22/2009).  There’s no need to discuss this further.  But we shall, for the overkill of it.    Suppose we knew seals, sea lions, manatees, beaver and otters only from fossils.  Suppose further that clever storytelling geologists managed to put them into a timeline claiming they died tens of millions of years ago.  How many of you would want to bet that a Darwinist storyteller would be able to rig up a complex, plausible-sounding, jargon-laden scientific paper showing an evolutionary progression between them?  The variation between living sea lions (seals, elephant seals, harp seals, big ones, small ones, fat ones, skinny ones) exceeds the variation between Maiacetus and Rodhocetus.  Without soft parts and behavior and habitats available, it would be very tempting for Darwinists to arrange these and other unrelated fossils from around the globe into an ancestral tree.  Is a beaver or sea lion becoming something else, just because it has webbed feet and spends a great deal of time in the water?  Orthogenesis went out of style a hundred years ago.  For Gingerich and his Darwinist friends to believe Maiacetus was on the fast track to whalehood, they have to also believe that otters, beaver, sea lions and manatees decided to resist the evolutionary force and remain happily half-evolved.  What kind of law of nature says that if you are an artiodacytl, you’ll go all the way, but if a dog, you will stop at navy seal?  Or if a rodent, you will leave it to beaver?  Evolutionary theory is so flexible it explains anything.    The grouping called Artiodactyla contains animals as diverse as pigs, hippos, camels and dog-like animals.  What does such a composite class signify? (see 01/29/2009 entry).  The differences between members of this class are arguably more significant than the traits they share.  Does it indicate that they evolved from a common ancestor?  Could it not equally well illustrate a pattern of nested hierarchies in nature that resists evolutionary theory?  Walter ReMine, in The Biotic Message, theorized that the nested hierarchies do just that: they show a common Designer (one God, not many), but the lack of evolutionary ancestry.  Darwin’s picture is not the only way to look at these patterns – nor is it the best.    We already know from fossils that the ancient world contained many more species and families of animals than we have today.  Evolutionary sequences are made up by humans, not by the data.  The data just as well describe the Creator’s love of variety.  He designed the basic kinds of animals and allowed them to diversify within limits, after their kind.  Groups of animals share similarities; this does not mean they evolved from one another.  Evolutionists are very choosy about which similarities they want to relate by common ancestry and which they want to explain with hand-waving (see The Convergence Concoction by Brett Miller for many examples).  A worldwide cataclysm sent as judgment on sin left the current postdiluvian world impoverished of its former diversity, yet sufficiently adorned to speak powerfully of intelligent design so that men are without excuse.  The data fit this picture.  We have an eyewitness testimony telling us this is what happened.  If you choose to disbelieve that evidence, then you are not better off, nor more scientifically grounded.  For one thing, you have not gotten rid of miracles – you have multiplied them!  The whole animal kingdom becomes miracle after miracle of accident and happenstance, going against what we know is true about the way laws of nature operate.  For another, you are not engaging in observable, repeatable, verifiable science, but in narrative with a good bit of imagination and worldview preference mixed in.  To top it off, you have to assume Biblical principles (rationality and morality) to do science.  It cannot be done from an evolved monkey brain that reduces to particles (see top right quote by Darwin).  If sensible people forced the Darwinists to be consistent with their own beliefs, they would turn into a caricature of the Three Monkeys: see no science, hear no science, speak no science.    The supposed evolutionary sequence from dog-like hoofed animal to right whale exists only in the imaginations of Darwinists.  A variety of amazing, complex animals, well adapted to their habitats, has lived on this planet.  We have a subset of them still alive today.  Arranging them into an ancestral sequence is just a game played by certain persons addicted to divination (07/26/2008, 10/09/2008). (Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more